This year's Wales Rally GB will take advantage of new legislation enabling pubic roads in Wales and England to be closed for motorsport purposes.
Short stretches of public roads will be used to join adjacent forest gravel stages in the Brenig, Penmachno and Gwydir regions on Britain’s WRC championship rally.
In addition, this facility will be used to extend the all-asphalt Great Orme stage so it finishes in the nearby town of Llandudno.
Announced this morning in Llandudno, the rally organisers gave other details of the 2018 Wales Rally GB event, as follows:
* dispensation has been granted by the FIA to hold the Power Stage earlier in the final morning of the event, not as regulations require as the final stage of the rally. The last time this dispensation in the WRC was granted was for Wales Rally GB in 2013.
* two full days will be held in the north of Wales and none of the route this year passes into England.
* only the opening super stage on the Thursday event will be run in darkness.
* there will be a special spectator-friendly stage in the slate quarry at Blaenau Ffestiniog. where cars will make a double pass in quick succession.
Familiar WRGB features include a long full day (15 hours) without midday service on the Saturday, many (five) stages on the final morning, but there are no ultra-long special stages. The 29km combined Brenig stage on the Friday is the longest of the event.
The central service park is again in Deeside, close to the English border near Chester. More specific details about the rally will be released later.
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